January 17th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama set to ride rails to historic inauguration

President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural train ride replicates his hero Abraham Lincoln's.
President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural train ride replicates his hero Abraham Lincoln's.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama looks to President Abraham Lincoln for his inspiration, so it's only fitting that the president-elect would retrace Lincoln's 1861 trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency.

Obama will appear Saturday at a town hall meeting in Philadelphia around 10 a.m. before boarding the train for its 137-mile journey.

The train will take its first "slow roll" in Claymont, Delaware, meaning the president-elect will wave at residents gathered near the tracks. Claymont is also the town where Vice President-elect Joe Biden's family moved in 1953 when he was 10 years old.

The train will pick up Biden and his family in Wilmington, Delaware. Obama and Biden are also expected to make brief speeches before departing again.

The next "slow roll" is expected to be in Edgewood, Maryland, 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, Maryland.

The tour then stops in Baltimore before reaching its final destination: Washington.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. bsmith171

    wasting more fuel and on a spending spree while taxpayers are hurting.

    January 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Bob

    Will pray for this mans saftey on his way to bring this country together. The threat is'nt completely on terrorists, it's the far rightwing nuts who we have to watch out for. These people are too full of hate and don't want the change we so desperately need.

    January 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Carramea

    Give me a break , He shouldnt have a ceremony for becoming VP. ? I contributed money to this inaugruation alot of private citizens like me donated. I need this party I need the bitter taste of Bush and company out of my mouth. So he leaves on train. They didnt build a new track. Get over it........ Blame the taxpayers hurting on the past 8 years

    January 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |

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